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Even as Americans make significant progress toward paying off credit cards, mortgages, and other personal debts that skyrocketed in the aftermath of the Great Recession, one credit category has been left behind in the nation’s slow-developing economic recovery: student loans.

Student loan debt now tops $1 trillion, and represents a serious threat to the broader economy. While the most direct solution to the crisis — more abundant, better-paying jobs for college graduates — is still out of reach, students do have options for earning a college degree without burying themselves in debt. This infographic, from Best Value Schools, lays out some strategies for getting a degree without going broke:

Getting a Degree Without Breaking the Bank
Image compliments of Best Value Schools

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Los Angeles (AFP) - Matthew McConaughey will not run for governor of Texas "at this moment", the Oscar-winning actor said Sunday, after months of speculation that he would make the leap into politics.

The 52-year-old's political ambitions had caused excitement in liberal circles, and particularly among Texans appalled by Governor Greg Abbott, who signed a highly restrictive law banning most abortions.

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